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A busy bar in Buenos Aires' Palermo neighbouhood | © Beatrice Murch/Flickr
A busy bar in Buenos Aires' Palermo neighbouhood | © Beatrice Murch/Flickr
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The Best New Bar Openings in Buenos Aires for 2017

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Updated: 7 August 2017
In the hedonistic metropolis of Buenos Aires, fun is never too far away. Argentines like to have a good time, and this manifests itself in the many bars and clubs that pervade the capital. Considering the country’s volatile economy, it’s something of a wonder that so many new bars continue to open, but let’s take it as a testament to the fun-loving nature of the Argentine public. Let’s take a look at the best new bars in Buenos Aires in 2017.
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Boticario

Boticario is the brainchild of the team behind the Chupitos chain, a student-friendly shooter joint that has four spots over the city and province of Buenos Aires. However, Boticario offers a very different proposition: part-apothecary den, part-urban jungle, the dark, wooden interiors of this Palermo cocktail joint are laden with plants and cabinets displaying an array of aged pharmaceutical jars, a tribute to the dual purpose of pharmacies as purveyors of illicit alcohol in olden day Buenos Aires. Go at weekends for the vinyl stylings of Exiles Records, who spin the tunes on Friday and Saturday nights.

Boticario, Honduras 5207, Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 9 2084 3849

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Uptown.ba

When it opened a few months ago, Uptown was the bar on everyone’s lips. So much so that you had to queue for over an hour to get in, a rare occurrence in Buenos Aires. Uptown is a fully-fledged homage to the Big Apple, and brings you through the passage of a pseudo-subway station, complete with white tile walls, graffiti, turnstiles, and even subway cars whose doors open to reveal a cavernous speakeasy that would do well on the set of Boardwalk Empire. Dress to impress.

Uptown.ba, Arévalo 2030, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 2101 4897

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Presidente Bar

Buenos Aires’ newest and best cocktail bar, Presidente Bar is run by a man who is old hat in the art of cocktail craftsmanship. Sebastián García was behind the wheel at the Harrison Speakeasy, another one of the city’s great cocktail joints, but recently opened the classy space located in a beautiful old building in the plush Recoleta area. Expect quirky glassware and some of the tastiest drinks to slip down your gullet in a while.

Presidente Bar, Av. Presidente Manuel Quintana 188, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4811 3248

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Parque Bar

Following in Boticario’s jungle-themed footsteps, Parque markets itself as a “botanical bar,” and its interiors are adorned with timber trellises from which creepers fall, and even the coasters and drinks themselves are dripping with greenery. Exposed brick walls are juxtaposed with floral murals, creating an indoor/outdoor vibe that is perfect for summer or winter. Hit the patio for the full experience, or have a go on the wooden swings.

Parque Bar, Thames 1472, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 6942 1929

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Napoles

Napoles Bar and Restaurant is a must-visit for anyone with even a passing interest in antiques, memorabilia, or nostalgia in general. Recently opened to the public on one of the city’s most up and coming boulevards, Avenida Caseros in San Telmo, this incredible space was formerly a massive storage unit for discerning hoarder Gabriel del Campo. Now del Campo has put his wares on display, and they include vintage cars, motorbikes, and old barbershop chairs. Order one of their signature Negroni’s and soak up the setting.

Napoles Bar, Avenida Caseros 449, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 9 11 5417 1802

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Faraday

Science seems to be the order of the day for themed bars in Buenos Aires right now. Named after British scientist Michael Faraday, this bar is cosy and inviting, but big enough that you don’t feel crowded—the kind of bar that you want to hang out in. Both the drinks and food are no-nonsense and delicious. Head for Faraday’s happy hour between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Faraday, Bulnes 2022, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4822 1673

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Ruda

This neighborhood beer joint is nestled on a quiet street beside the train tracks in the northern neighborhood of Colegiales. A hipster-come-dive bar, Ruda specialises in craft beer and appeals to a young, edgy crowd who spill onto the pavement when the glass-fronted, pint-sized bar fills up, as it has a tendancy to do. On Saturdays they have DJs playing great background music. Bring your bike if you really want to fit in.

Ruda, Av. Cramer 824, Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 6704 1321